1979 LPGA Tour

The 1979 LPGA Tour was the 30th season since the LPGA Tour officially began in 1950. The season ran from February 15 to November 3 and consisted of 35 official money events. Nancy Lopez won the most tournaments, eight, and led the money list with earnings of $197,489.

There were five first-time winners in 1979: Jerilyn Britz, Beth Daniel, Vicki Fergon, Pat Meyers, and Penny Pulz. This was the first year that the Peter Jackson Classic (now called the Canadian Women’s Open) was classified as an LPGA major.

Hall of famerJudy Rankin gained her 26th victory in August, which was her final tour win.

The Women’s Kemper Open saw the first ever five-way playoff in LPGA Tour history.[1] It was won by JoAnne Carner. Later in the year, The Coca-Cola Classic, was also decided in a five-way playoff.

The tournament results and award winners are listed below.

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The following table shows all the official money events for the 1979 season.[2] “Date” is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners’ names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Majors are shown in bold.

Date Tournament Location Winner Score Purse ($) Winner’s
share ($)
Feb 18 Elizabeth Arden Classic Florida Amy Alcott (6) 285 (–3) 100,000 15,000
Feb 25 Orange Blossom Classic Florida Jane Blalock (21) 205 (–11) 75,000 11,250
Mar 4 Bent Tree Classic Florida Sally Little (3) 278 (–10) 100,000 15,000
Mar 11 Sunstar Classic California Nancy Lopez (10) 280 (–8) 100,000 15,000
Mar 18 Honda Civic Classic California JoAnne Carner (23) 281 (–7) 150,000 22,500
Mar 25 Sahara National Pro-Am Nevada Nancy Lopez (11) 274 (–12) 100,000 15,000
Apr 1 Women’s Kemper Open California JoAnne Carner (24) 286 (+2) 150,000 22,500
Apr 8 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle California Sandra Post (4) 276 (–12) 250,000 37,500
Apr 22 Florida Lady Citrus Florida Jane Blalock (22) 286 (–6) 100,000 15,000
Apr 29 Otey Crisman Classic Alabama Jane Blalock (23) 205 (–11) 100,000 15,000
May 6 Women’s International South Carolina Nancy Lopez (12) 282 (–6) 80,000 12,000
May 13 Lady Michelob Georgia Sandra Post (5) 210 (–6) 100,000 15,000
May 20 Coca-Cola Classic New Jersey Nancy Lopez (13) 216 (–3) 100,000 15,000
May 27 Corning Classic New York Penny Pulz (1) 284 (+4) 100,000 15,000
Jun 3 Golden Lights Championship New York Nancy Lopez (14) 280 (–8) 100,000 15,000
Jun 10 LPGA Championship Ohio Donna Caponi (14) 279 (–9) 150,000 22,500
Jun 17 The Sarah Coventry New York Jane Blalock (24) 280 (–12) 100,000 15,000
Jun 24 Lady Keystone Open Pennsylvania Nancy Lopez (15) 212 (–4) 100,000 15,000
Jul 1 Lady Stroh’s Open Michigan Vicki Fergon (1) 284 (–4) 150,000 22,500
Jul 8 Mayflower Classic Indiana Hollis Stacy (6) 213 (–3) 100,000 15,000
Jul 15 U.S. Women’s Open Connecticut Jerilyn Britz (1) 284 (E) 125,000 19,000
Jul 22 Greater Baltimore Classic Maryland Pat Meyers (1) 210 (–9) 75,000 11,250
Jul 29 Peter Jackson Classic Canada Amy Alcott (7) 285 (–7) 150,000 22,500
Aug 5 Colgate European Open England Nancy Lopez (16) 282 (–14) 110,000 15,000
Aug 13 WUI Classic New York Judy Rankin (26) 288 (–4) 100,000 15,000
Aug 19 Barth Classic Indiana Sally Little (4) 208 (-8) 100,000 15,000
Aug 26 Patty Berg Classic Minnesota Beth Daniel (1) 208 (–11) 100,000 15,000
Sep 3 Rail Charity Classic Illinois Jo Ann Washam (3) 275 (–13) 100,000 15,000
Sep 9 Columbia Savings Classic Colorado Sally Little (5) 209 (–7) 100,000 15,000
Sep 23 ERA Real Estate Classic Kansas Sandra Post (6) 284 (–8) 100,000 15,000
Sep 30 Mary Kay Classic Texas Nancy Lopez (17) 274 (–14) 130,000 19,500
Oct 7 Wheeling Classic West Virginia Debbie Massey (2) 219 (+3) 100,000 15,000
Oct 14 United Virginia Bank Classic Virginia Amy Alcott (8) 286 (–2) 100,000 15,000
Oct 29 Colgate Far East Open Philippines Silvia Bertolaccini (3) 213 (–6) 110,000 16,500
Nov 3 Mizuno Japan Classic Japan Amy Alcott (9) 211 (–11) 125,000 18,750

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